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June 9, 2006 2:24 PM   Subscribe

The Archaic Medical Terms Dictionary. This was intended as a tool for genealogists and historians, but it is fun to browse. If you're suffering from Rag-Picker's Disease you are in trouble and Haematemesis looks pretty serious too. If you know what "Black Tongue" or "Painter's colic" are, you can contribute to the author's unsolved page.
posted by marxchivist (8 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
man life would be so much more fun if I could say: "Damn! I got me the Quinsy!"

Quinsy: Pus-filled swelling (i.e. an abscess) in the soft palate around the tonsils, usually as a complication of tonsillitis.
posted by cdcello at 2:28 PM on June 9, 2006

In a similar vein, I'm really hoping I never ever get any of these. Clearly "shrieking neck," whatever it could possibly be, is not to be trifled with.
posted by SteelyDuran at 2:31 PM on June 9, 2006

Very cool. Thanks! Today seems to be old-school metafilter type links day - you know, just good stuff on the web.
posted by vacapinta at 2:32 PM on June 9, 2006

Wow, these are fascinating! Thanks Marxarchivist!
Reading books about life of yore, there were always weird illnesses mentioned I wondered about: Ague, Scarlatina, Vaginal Catarrh, Sprue.

It's the same with all those references to fabrics with sumptuous names: charmeuse, taffeta, piqué, nainsook, georgette, organza, bunting...always a mystery pre-Google.

Now I'll know where I can look when I'm thinking "What the hell is scrofula?"
posted by nickyskye at 3:06 PM on June 9, 2006

I've been correcting proofs by hand all day, so I'm working on a nasty case of scrivener's palsy.
posted by scody at 3:34 PM on June 9, 2006

So that's what "dropsy" is! Thanks!
posted by Asparagirl at 5:06 PM on June 9, 2006

It's very good, but has lapses. For instance, the description of railway spine, "Back injury with injury to the spinal cord (common in railway workers)" is seriously wrong. It was far more interesting, akin to a Victorian equivalent of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: see my old blog entry on railway spine.
posted by raygirvan at 6:34 PM on June 9, 2006

While reading this, I feel forced to say all the names aloud as Grandpa Simpson.
posted by thanotopsis at 7:00 PM on June 9, 2006

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